Parents Petition High School To Change ‘Phoenix’ Mascot Because It Sounds Too Much Like ‘Penis’

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Do you remember the name of your high school mascot?

Mine were the Trojans — there are quite a few jokes to be made about that one, if you think about other things called “Trojans.” Honestly, though, no one ever made them.

But parents of students at a brand-new high school in Utah are worried that the school’s new mascot will lead to similar jokes.

The new high school should be open next year, and the new mascot will be the phoenix. In Greek mythology (and in Harry Potter), the phoenix rises from the ashes and is reborn.

That idea sounds like a beautiful concept — but some parents are worried about how the word “phoenix” — and its plural “phoenixes” (also spelled “phoenices”)  — may sound when said aloud at the actual sporting events.

One father even started a petition to change the mascot name, claiming that it sounds too much like a certain part of “male anatomy.” He worries that “there will be a never-ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our children.”

In the petition, he wrote, “We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises. I don’t mean to be crass, but don’t want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make.”

His petition already has nearly 3,000 signatures.

On the other hand, some students think the mascot name isn’t a problem at all. One student says parents have “created a problem where there was no problem originally.”

What do you think? Should the mascot stay the same, or do these worried parents have a point?

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Thumbnail Photo: Flickr / Karen Roe

Footage provided by KSTU Salt Lake City

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